World leaders to attend St Petersburg International Economic Forum 2011

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Finnish President Tarja Halonen and Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero have confirmed they will take part in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2011 in St. Petersburg on June 16-18, the Russian Economic Development Ministry said on Monday.

“An invitation has been sent to President of China Hu Jintao to attend as an honored guest and to speak at the plenary session after the Russian president’s welcome address,” the ministry quoted Presidential Aide Arkady Dvorkovich as saying.

The forum will also include executives from over 250 of the world’s leading companies, the ministry said. In all, almost 5,000 politicians and businesspeople, official delegations from over 70 countries, leading scholars, social activists, and journalists are expected to come to St. Petersburg to discuss the most pressing issues facing Russia and the broader international community.

MOSCOW, April 18 (RIA Novosti)

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